Translations by Tomas Jandik
Jagr revealed the truth: Pittsburgh did not want me! (iSport.cz) - 2-Jul-11
Why did you take the Flyers offer?
Philadelphia was right after the Pittsburgh team that offered me the lowest amount of money. The other teams were giving me higher offers. But I did not want to repeat the bad experience with Washington years ago. For me, it was crystal clear. I am returning to the NHL for a year, so I should not go to places where there are doubts whether the GM or the coach want me. It would be pointless to join a team where I would not play. I want to enjoy the NHL, to live a full life there, not to be scraping the barrel. "
So is it true you had the feeling that the Flyers wanted you the most?
Also. But a million other factors played a role as well. Since I'm not the youngest, it was important for me not to fly too much to the away games. And the Philly GM assured me that out of the whole league, they fly by far the least. That was important for me. Detroit, for example, is exactly the opposite; their travelling is the worst in the whole league. And when you take the load of 82 games, it is not fun at my age to fly to the other side of the America over three time zones. Iíd start to feel it in the second half of the season.
What else do you like in Philadelphia?
One thing is that they traded their two key players Richards and Carter. I do not know why, but they did it. The fans of the team are probably upset, the GM released about 10 players, but that's life. For me it is an advantage since I am joining a team that does not have a clear hierarchy. To the contrary, a new team is being formed where Iíll be finding my own position
And what about teammates who should play with you?
Another important thing. Inconspicuous at first glance, but for me quite essential. Both centers Briere and Giroux are right-handed, which is a cardinal support for me during power plays. If I get to play [the PPs], I can stay on my side - as right-handers they will be able to pass to me easily.
Which would not work somewhere else.
Not in Detroit, for example. Datsyuk and Zetterberg I play in my place. In Pittsburgh itís the same with Crosby and Malkin. I would not get to play my position. I could only play in front of the goal, and I am really not good at all there. And this is precisely what people donít see and donít get to decide, but I have to. So I try to explain it to them. Pittsburgh knew that they gave me and offer, which was the worst or one of the worst. They knew the other teamsí numbers perfectly well. They simply knew I could not take it.
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What else did the famous No. "68" say?
ďIf it werenít for Petr Svobodaís idea, I would have never re-joined the NHL.
Even the Pittsburgh coach was telling me that Crosby likes speed, fast players. So I figured he does not consider for me to play with [Crosby] much.
. Since I'm not the youngest, it was important for me not to fly too much to the away games. And the Philly GM assured me that out of the whole league, they fly by far the least.
Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.
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